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    Is the medication Ambien OK to take long term?

    Ambien - Have found out a family member has been prescribed this sleeping aid at the dosage of 20mg a night. 10 mg had been tried and was not successful. They have been taking this dosage for over a year and find it wonderful and still working as well as always. As I thought this was only prescribed short term was wondering if this is a a common reaction. Also none of the stranger behaviours that I had heard about have ever been noted by this person or any member of their family.
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    Dr Maree Barnes

    Respiratory & Sleep Medicine Physician

    Dr Barnes has competed specialty training in sleep medicine and is currently working at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne. Dr Barnes’ current research focuses are: … View Profile

    It is not good to take sleep tablets for more than a couple of weeks at a time. If there is a significant sleep problem, then it is best to have this treated more permanently by a good sleep psychologist. Your GP can refer the family member to a psychologist who has had specialised training in sleep disorders. The strange behaviours do not occur in most people.

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